put (one) in (one's) place

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put (one) in (one's) place

To humble or lower the dignity of one; to make one aware that they are not as important, respected, influential, etc., as they think. The teacher really put John in his place, scolding him so harshly that he burst into tears. I hope this guilty verdict puts that rat of a CEO in his place.
See also: place, put
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

put (oneself) in (someone else's) place

 and put oneself in someone else's shoes
to allow oneself to see or experience something from someone else's point of view. Put yourself in someone else's place, and see how it feels. I put myself in Tom's shoes and realized that I would have made exactly the same choice.
See also: place, put

put one in one's place

to rebuke someone; to remind one of one's (lower) rank or station. The boss put me in my place for criticizing her. Then her boss put her in her place for being rude.
See also: one, place, put
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

put someone in his or her place

1. Rebuke someone, remind someone of his or her position, as in Alice is entirely too rude; it's time you put her in her place. The noun place here denotes one's rank or position. [Mid-1900s]
2. Also, put oneself in someone's place. Imagine being someone else, as in Just put yourself in my place-how would you deal with it? [Mid-1600s]
See also: place, put, someone
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

put someone in their place

COMMON If you put someone in their place, you show them that they are less important or clever than they think they are. In a few words she had put him in his place. He had put me in my place — shamed me, actually.
See also: place, put, someone
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

put somebody in their ˈplace

remind somebody forcefully of their real position in society or at work: That young man needs putting in his place. He behaves as if he were the manager here.
See also: place, put, somebody
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

put (someone) in (someone's) place

To lower the dignity of (someone); humble.
See also: place, put
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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